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DGS - Postdoctoral Fellow (Seismic Imaging of the Mantle)
University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas
 
 
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Date Posted 11/24/2020
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Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Job Posting Title:

DGS - Postdoctoral Fellow (Seismic Imaging of the Mantle)

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Hiring Department:

Department of Geological Sciences

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Position Open To:

All Applicants

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Weekly Scheduled Hours:

40

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FLSA Status:

Exempt

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Earliest Start Date:

Immediately

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Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Jan 31, 2022

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Location:

UT MAIN CAMPUS

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Job Description:

The Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin seeks to hire a talented and innovative postdoctoral scholar. The scholar will be supervised by Professor Stephen Grand in the Department of Geological Sciences. The postdoctoral scholar is to perform a full waveform seismic inversion to determine the seismic P and S structure of the upper mantle beneath the western United States and Mexico. Current tomography models for the region show a large seismic anomaly in the transition zone (400 to 650 km depth) beneath California and Nevada. These tomography models were developed using classical methods that only fit travel times of seismic waves. Their resolution is limited in the transition zone. The group working with Professor Grand modified waveform inversion approaches to provide far improved resolution in the transition zone of Earth and we have successfully applied the approach to eastern China (Tao et al., 2018). The goal for the postdoc is to develop a significantly higher resolution image of the seismic structure beneath the western United States and Mexico with a focus on the transition zone though lithosphere structure resolution will also be improved. Professor Grand is particularly interested to know if there is significant heterogeneity in the transition zone. If such anomalies exist, the group would like to explore what causes the seismic anomalies and what the dynamic consequences of them are. The seismic inversions proposed are computer intensive and require expertise in numerical methods as well as seismology. The candidate should also have a strong background in mantle geodynamics. The Jackson School of Geosciences has a strong commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the geosciences, and applications from all underrepresented groups are highly encouraged.

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Job Details:


General Notes

The postdoctoral appointment is initially for a twelve (12) month period, with the aim for an extension for another twelve (12) months pending a successful first-year evaluation.

The application package should include:

  • A document outlining past achievements and general research interests (1 page)

  • A CV including a list of publications

  • A list with the names of three (3) potential references to contact

Upload all materials to Workday.


Responsibilities

  • The scientific focus of this postdoctoral research opportunity is flexible in its scope, but should relate broadly to the advancement of our understanding of mantle structure and dynamics. As part of this appointment, the postdoctoral scholar will have direct access to supercomputing resources through the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), as well as a state-of-the-art local GPU computing cluster.

  • Develop, carry out, and analyze scientific data

  • Develop and employ innovative analysis of observations and model output to reveal processes

  • Identify risks or vulnerabilities in the area of study and develop methodologies to evaluate the impacts of observed and simulated research

  • Conduct independent research and supporting the Professor on writing research grant proposals


Required Qualifications

Recent doctorate in geological sciences or a closely related field at the time of appointment. Experience with advanced analysis techniques and approaches.




Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of and experience with seismic tomography. Proficiency in at least one scientific programming language for modeling and model output data analysis (e.g., Python, Fortran, C++, etc.) Experience using multi-processor computers and UNIX/LINUX. Strong background in mantle geodynamics



Salary Range

$55,000


Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions and in the field.

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.

  • Use of manual dexterity.

  • Climbing of stairs.

  • Lifting and moving.


Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

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Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

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Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

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Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

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Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

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E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]

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Compliance:

Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2019 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.



Job Posting Title:

DGS - Postdoctoral Fellow (Seismic Imaging of the Mantle)

----

Hiring Department:

Department of Geological Sciences

----

Position Open To:

All Applicants

----

Weekly Scheduled Hours:

40

----

FLSA Status:

Exempt

----

Earliest Start Date:

Immediately

----

Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Jan 31, 2022

----

Location:

UT MAIN CAMPUS

----

Job Description:

The Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin seeks to hire a talented and innovative postdoctoral scholar. The scholar will be supervised by Professor Stephen Grand in the Department of Geological Sciences. The postdoctoral scholar is to perform a full waveform seismic inversion to determine the seismic P and S structure of the upper mantle beneath the western United States and Mexico. Current tomography models for the region show a large seismic anomaly in the transition zone (400 to 650 km depth) beneath California and Nevada. These tomography models were developed using classical methods that only fit travel times of seismic waves. Their resolution is limited in the transition zone. The group working with Professor Grand modified waveform inversion approaches to provide far improved resolution in the transition zone of Earth and we have successfully applied the approach to eastern China (Tao et al., 2018). The goal for the postdoc is to develop a significantly higher resolution image of the seismic structure beneath the western United States and Mexico with a focus on the transition zone though lithosphere structure resolution will also be improved. Professor Grand is particularly interested to know if there is significant heterogeneity in the transition zone. If such anomalies exist, the group would like to explore what causes the seismic anomalies and what the dynamic consequences of them are. The seismic inversions proposed are computer intensive and require expertise in numerical methods as well as seismology. The candidate should also have a strong background in mantle geodynamics. The Jackson School of Geosciences has a strong commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the geosciences, and applications from all underrepresented groups are highly encouraged.

----

Job Details:


General Notes

The postdoctoral appointment is initially for a twelve (12) month period, with the aim for an extension for another twelve (12) months pending a successful first-year evaluation.

The application package should include:

  • A document outlining past achievements and general research interests (1 page)

  • A CV including a list of publications

  • A list with the names of three (3) potential references to contact

Upload all materials to Workday.


Responsibilities

  • The scientific focus of this postdoctoral research opportunity is flexible in its scope, but should relate broadly to the advancement of our understanding of mantle structure and dynamics. As part of this appointment, the postdoctoral scholar will have direct access to supercomputing resources through the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), as well as a state-of-the-art local GPU computing cluster.

  • Develop, carry out, and analyze scientific data

  • Develop and employ innovative analysis of observations and model output to reveal processes

  • Identify risks or vulnerabilities in the area of study and develop methodologies to evaluate the impacts of observed and simulated research

  • Conduct independent research and supporting the Professor on writing research grant proposals


Required Qualifications

Recent doctorate in geological sciences or a closely related field at the time of appointment. Experience with advanced analysis techniques and approaches.




Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of and experience with seismic tomography. Proficiency in at least one scientific programming language for modeling and model output data analysis (e.g., Python, Fortran, C++, etc.) Experience using multi-processor computers and UNIX/LINUX. Strong background in mantle geodynamics



Salary Range

$55,000


Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions and in the field.

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.

  • Use of manual dexterity.

  • Climbing of stairs.

  • Lifting and moving.


Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

----

Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

----

Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

----

Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

----

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

----

Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

----

Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

----

E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]

----

Compliance:

Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2019 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.


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